Making strides with his recent literary achievements, Xlibris author Donald Wilson II deserves a spot here on the Xlibris Blog.
His debut Xlibris book, Cross Roads, has won several book awards that have further broadened the list of Xlibris authors’ accomplishments.
We congratulate this up-and-coming author and share with you his six tips to better writing.
Grateful to Xlibris
First, I’d like to thank everyone at Xlibris for helping me with my book and inviting me to be a guest blogger. This is a great opportunity for me to connect with readers and authors alike and I am very excited! I still consider myself a novice in the literary world, but there are several things that I have learned along the way that may help aspiring authors achieve their goals.
1. Write Regularly
The first piece of advice may seem like a no-brainer, but I was surprised to learn how many writers that I’ve met don’t write regularly. If there is a time of day (or night) that works best for you make sure to carve out some time where you can write uninterrupted. For me, I do my best work in the evenings and nighttime. It’s also the time of day when the demands from family and the outside world are significantly less. Get into the habit of writing regularly and focus on your art.
2. Read A LOT
Again this may seem silly, but the more you read the better your writing will be. Most writers are readers, but if you’re not (and I’ve met a few who aren’t) read the genre that you’re most interested in writing about. The genre that interests you most is a great place to start, but don’t be afraid to go outside your chosen genre. You’ll be surprised by the amount you can learn by being an avid reader like different writing styles. You’re likely to discover new authors as well. Reading will help expand your imagination and increase your writing skills.
3. Connect With Other Authors
There are many ways a writer can connect with authors both locally and across the globe. Look for writers groups online or in your area. I have been fortunate to connect with some amazing writers online and here in New York. All of them have encouraged me to continue onward and have opened new doors of opportunity for me that I would never have known even existed. Connecting with authors online can be fun as well. I’ve met some truly talented and amazing authors since publishing Cross Roads and we have all shared our experiences and made what can be a lonely journey into a ride to remember.
More of Author Donald Wilson II’s tips are revealed on the sequel of his Xlibris guest blog.
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